Donald Sutherland

New-agey drama 'Milton's Secret' can't transcend earthly despair

New-agey drama 'Milton's Secret' can't transcend earthly despair

The theme of enlightenment has seldom come across as leaden as it is in “Milton’s Secret,” a dull drama based on the children’s novel of the same name by spiritual author Eckhart Tolle.

Set in some sort of parallel universe where virtually all of the characters speak in politely hushed tones usually reserved for libraries, the Canadian production is seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Milton Adams (William Ainscough), the type of world-weary wimpy kid who’s no stranger to coming-of-age scenarios.

Living in a constant state of fear perpetuated by the local bully (Percy Hynes White) and the mounting tensions between his stressed-out,...

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